Category: Tech & Science

‘Cradle of Humankind’ Fossils Are 1 Million Years Older Than We Thought, Scientists Say

Four different Australopithecus crania that were found in the Sterkfontein caves, South Africa. Image: Jason Heaton and Ronald Clarke, in cooperation with the Ditsong Museum of Natural History. ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have used the signatures of particles from outer space to discover that the bones […]

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Government Scientists Discover Biggest Bacteria Ever, Visible to Naked Eye

Thiomargarita magnifica with a dime for scale. Image: Tomas Tyml ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have discovered a bacteria with cells that measure a full centimeter in length, an astonishing size that makes it by far the largest bacterial species ever found and even “challenges our […]

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Stunning Picture Reveals Weird ‘Polygons’ on Mars

ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. The most powerful camera ever sent to another planet has snapped a mesmerizing picture of a bizarre springtime phenomenon on Mars, which paints the red planet with dramatic bright fans of dry ice that erupt from vents in its polar regions. This […]

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Head of Hercules Discovered In Ancient Antikythera Mechanism Shipwreck

Marble head (left) and base (right) f ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Archaeologists have discovered a huge marble head, human teeth, and other artifacts from the same 2,000-year-old shipwreck where the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism—the oldest known analog computer—was found more than a century ago, according to an […]

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Scientists Reveal Krypton In Mars Meteorite, Rewriting Red Planet’s History

Artist concept of Mars. Image: Westend61 via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have discovered a new history of Mars, written in the elusive element krypton, inside a unique Martian meteorite that crashed in France more than 200 years ago, reports a new study.  The […]

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China Says It’s Detected Candidate Signals of Alien Life

ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists in China announced that they found potential signs of intelligent aliens on Tuesday, according to a report published in the state-run newspaper Science and Technology Daily.  The report, which has since been removed from the original site but is reposted on […]

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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Tomb Marker Cursing All Who Enter In Israel

Jacob the Proselyte’s tomb. Image: Israel Antiquities Authority ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Archaeologists discovered a warning from a man known as Jacob the Proselyte, who lived 1,800 years ago and really didn’t want you to mess with his grave. This ancient person, who took the name Yaakov […]

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Scientists Grew Living Human Skin That Self-Heals on a Robot Finger

ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. The image of human skin being stripped away to reveal the metallic visage of a robot is one that has terrified and intrigued us, from the original Westworld (1973), to The Terminator, and beyond. Now, scientists have grown living human skin on […]

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Probe Discovers 20 Ingredients for Life on Asteroid Currently In Space

Image of Hayabusa2 sample collection (left) and sample  ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. More than 20 amino acids—key ingredients for life—have been identified in samples collected from an asteroid, marking the first time that these important organic compounds have ever been found in an asteroid that is […]

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World’s Biggest Organism Found in Australia, Is 4,500 Years Old

Ribbon weed, Posidonia australis, meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Image: Rachel Austin, University of Western Australia ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have discovered a hybrid seagrass that extends for an astonishing 110 miles across Australia’s Shark Bay, making it the largest known organism on Earth, […]

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World’s Biggest Organism Found in Australia, Is 4,500 Years Old

Ribbon weed, Posidonia australis, meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Image: Rachel Austin, University of Western Australia ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have discovered a hybrid seagrass that extends for an astonishing 110 miles across Australia’s Shark Bay, making it the largest known organism on Earth, […]

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Scientists Discover Vast, Mysterious ‘Waves’ Deep Inside the Earth

Mockup of the Swarm constellation. Image: ESA ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Something strange and unexplained is happening far beneath our feet.  According to a recent study by European astronomers, for 20 years satellites have been picking up “interannual geomagnetic field changes” emanating from the Earth’s core, without […]

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Scientists Sequence DNA of Man Who Died In Pompeii Eruption for First Time

Individual A and B, found in the House of the Craftsman. Image: Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1934, p. 286, fig. 10. ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of a man who was killed in the ancient city […]

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Massive Explosions Dubbed ‘The Anomaly’ Help Reveal Mysteries In the Sky

A munitions disposal explosion in Kuwait. Image: Stocktrek images via Getty Images During the summer of 2019, Oklahoma residents experienced mysterious tremors that swept through the state and collectively came to be known as “the anomaly.”  Scientists, puzzled by the pulses, ultimately tracked the signals down to a military facility that stores America’s largest ammunition […]

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Stonehenge Builders Ate Cattle Organs at Wild Feasts, Scientists Discover

Stonehenge. Image: Adam Stanford ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. If you’ve ever snuck morsels of food to a dog under the table, you might have something in common with the people who built Stonehenge some 4,500 years ago in the Neolithic period, according to scientists who found parasites […]

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A Probe In Interstellar Space Is Sending Back Impossible Data, NASA Says

Illustration of Voyager 1. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe, the farthest human-made object from Earth, seems to be a little confused about what is going on in its distant location in interstellar space.  The long-lived probe and its twin, Voyager 2, were […]

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An Ancient Galaxy Collision Sheds Light on Dark Matter

Hubble image of the system that contains DF2 and DF4. Image: Pieter van Dokkum et al./ Nature 2022 ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists think they have reconstructed the epic origin story of a trail of puzzling galaxies that could shed light on the great mystery of dark […]

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Scientists Warn of ‘Significant’ Climate Effects of Frequent Space Launches

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in April 2022. Image:  ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Since the dawn of the space age, rockets have blazed new trails to the great expanse beyond our planet. But as the number of rocket launches steadily ticks upward each year—a trend linked in […]

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Scientists Discover Nearly 1 Billion Year Old Organisms, Possibly Alive

Image: Schreder-Gomes et. al.  ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. A team of researchers have located 830-million-year-old microorganisms in a piece of Australian rock salt, and they may even be alive. According to the researchers, the finding may also have implications for the search for alien life in future […]

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Scientists Use Gene Editing to Create Mutant Cockroaches In Breakthrough

German cockroach. Image: ullstein bild / Contributor via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. For the first time, scientists have edited the genes of cockroaches using CRISPR-Cas9, a technology that can target and change parts of an organism’s DNA, reports a new study.  The breakthrough not only produced the […]

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Scientists Grow Plants in Moon Soil for First Time In Major Breakthrough

Rob Ferl, left, and Anna-Lisa Paul looking at the plates filled part with lunar soil and part with control soils, now under LED growing lights. Image:  UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. In a major breakthrough, scientists have grown plants in Moon dirt, […]

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This Is the First-Ever Image of the Supermassive Black Hole at Our Galaxy’s Center

The EHT image of Sagittarius A*. Image: EHT Collaboration ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have captured the first image of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, the galaxy we live in, an achievement decades in the making that offers a never-before-seen glimpse of […]

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Melting Glacier Reveals Nearly Two Dozen Huge Ancient Sea Creature Fossils

Image: University of Manchester A melting glacier in Patagonia made way for Chilean researchers to unearth the country’s first complete ichthyosaur, and nearly two dozen other fossils.  A team of researchers at the University of Magallanes (UMAG) led an expedition to the Tyndall Glacier in Chilean Patagonia in March and April to find the remains of […]

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Space Has Invisible Walls Created by Mysterious ‘Symmetrons,’ Scientists Propose

Andromeda galaxy. Image: Pat Gaines via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Scientists have proposed the existence of a new “fifth force” to explain a perplexing challenge to the standard model of cosmology, also known as the Lambda cold dark matter (ΛCDM) model, a well-corroborated framework for […]

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Gravity Anomaly Reveals Ancient City-Sized Lake Hidden Under Antarctic Ice

Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica. Image: Gallo Images / Contributor via Getty Images After a season of anomalous sea ice loss in Antarctica, a group of researchers have discovered an ancient city-sized lake under the ice that offers clues into the geographical history of the continent.  Detailed in a paper published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Geology, a team […]

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Mysterious and Huge Drawings Discovered In Secret Alabama Cave

The cave paintings with highlights by the researchers. Photos: S. Alvarez via Simek et. al. A series of 2,000-year-old paintings have been located in a cave in Alabama, a beacon for researchers attempting to peer into North America’s past.  The images were spotted by a researcher from the University of Tennessee and colleagues in Atlanta and […]

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This Portable, Solar-Powered Device Purifies Seawater on Demand

Photo: Photo: M. Scott Braue via MIT ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Imagine having the ability to purify water anywhere, any time, with one solar-powered device. While that may not be of key importance to many in wealthy nations, it is for the 785 million people around the […]

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Internal Government Report Shows Why Arecibo Couldn’t Be Saved

Damage to Arecibo after its 2020 collapse. Image: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, which reigned as the largest single-dish telescope on Earth for more than half a century, is a site of consequential scientific discovery, a popular landmark […]

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A Mysterious Signal from the Center of the Galaxy May Have Just Been Explained

Fermi telescope image of the gamma ray sky. Image: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. For more than a decade, astronomers have been puzzled by an unexplained surplus of gamma ray signals—the highest energy form of light—that originate at the center of our galaxy, the […]

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Mysterious ‘Instability’ In the Cosmos Puzzled Scientists for Decades. Now, We Have an Answer

Concept art of the evaporating protoplanetary disk. Image:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC) ABSTRACT breaks down mind-bending scientific research, future tech, new discoveries, and major breakthroughs. Our solar system is relatively tranquil at this point in time, with planets that follow predictable orbits around the Sun, but these cosmic surroundings weren’t always so calm.  Scientists have long […]

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